Lakewood man with six prior DUIs convicted of first-degree murder in 2018 DUI crash

A Lakewood man with six prior drunken-driving convictions was found guilty on Thursday afternoon of first-degree murder with extreme indifference after drinking and then rear-ending a car stopped at a red light last year.

Todd Kenneth Grudznske, was charged with 15 counts in connection with the Sept. 30, 2018, crash that killed Angela Wimmer, 25. At the time of the crash, a judge’s order in a domestic violence case forbade him from drinking alcohol.

Colorado court records show several prior arrests for assaults, drunken driving and domestic violence dating back to March 27, 2000, when Broomfield police arrested Grudznske on a charge of drunken driving. The longest he ever served in jail before the 2018 arrest was five months, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.

A Jefferson County jury began deliberations Wednesday in Grudznske’s trial and returned a guilty verdict on all counts, Colorado Judicial District spokesman Robert McCallum said on Twitter.

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